Tiger Oak + EchoDirected by Cy Kuckenbaker
When Echo is allowed to join his brother in an ambush against Soviet forces, he makes a mistake that costs them everything.
Nomination: Local Film Showcase – Best Short
About the Filmmaker
Cy Kuckenbaker received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004 and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania from 2000-2002. He is the director of fiction and documentary films that have screened at domestic and international film festivals including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou Paris, The LAFF, The Vancouver IFF, the Viennale and many more. His experimental videos have been shared broadly online by platforms such as USA Today, The Atlantic magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Designboom, Journal Du Design and more. In 2013 he received the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Grant to work on a one-year project in partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. In 2016 his work was featured in a PhotoViz, an artbook publish by Gestatlen and edited by Nicholas Felton that featured cutting edge work in the area of photo visualization. In 2017 he received the San Diego Art Prize. Cy is a full time faculty member at San Diego City College where he teaches film making.
From San Diego area filmmakers, these short dramas range from two combat stories, a period piece, and a clever first-person memoirs.